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Clinton wants to move toward banning fossil fuel extraction on public land

Grist: After the latest Democratic presidential debate on Thursday, Hillary Clinton told an activist with 350.org that she supports banning fossil fuel extraction on public lands. “It’s a done deal,” she said. And when asked a follow-up question, she continued, “That’s where the president is moving. No future extraction. I agree with that.” The activist, quite literally, cheered. That cheer might have been a tiny bit premature. Clinton’s quick comments hardly amount to a clear policy proposal. She said...

Breaking: Keystone is dead. For now

Grist: Victory! After years of protests by environmentalists and concerned citizens, President Obama has announced he will reject TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Keystone XL would have run 800,000 barrels a day of dirty and carbon-heavy crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast. Obama’s decision is the first time a president has rejected a major infrastructure project because of climate change. The president cited several reasons for his decision: 1.) The pipeline...

California is sinking. Blame the drought

Grist: California is sinking. New data released by NASA reveals that parts of the the Central Valley are sinking faster than previously expected - over two inches a month in some places. Corcoran, home of the California State Prison (and Charles Manson), sank 13 inches in just eight months. The cause, according to officials, is the rapid pumping of groundwater in response to the drought plaguing the state. From the Associated Press: "We are pumping at historic levels," said Mark Cowin, head of...

Oklahoma just recorded 40 earthquakes in a week

Grist: Once known primarily as the home of tornados and the Hanson brothers, Oklahoma has a new claim to fame: earthquakes! We’ve told you about the state’s frightening trend before, but now it’s hit a new milestone: EcoWatch reports that Oklahoma has experienced 40 earthquakes in the past seven days. Just yesterday, five quakes measuring over 4.0 magnitude were felt in Oklahoma and surrounding states, which would seem shocking but the rate of earthquakes has increased so dramatically in recent years that...